Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County

21 July, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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West Nile virus made its first appearance of the summer in San Diego County this week when a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Santee tested positive for the viral infection, county officials announced Wednesday.

While there is no medical prevention for West Nile virus, the best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites. The agency issued a warning to residents of the North Shore that the level of West Nile virus activity is moderate and increasing. Human infections typically occur from July-September.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.

To reduce the opportunity for mosquitoes to breed, the department suggests ensuring draining pipes are properly sloped and to eliminate sources of standing water around your home, including birdbaths, pet dishes and garbage cans. The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District covers Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie and Winnetka. However, they do note, people who have been infected are considered immune.

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

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Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Horses can also be infected with WNV.

According to the DHHS release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people who become infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness. Although there have been no cases reported to the KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

For questions about West Nile virus or other Arboviral diseases contact the KDHE Epidemiology hotline at 877-427-7317.

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